Monday, 16 November 2015

Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 
(Illustrated Edition)
by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin.

There have been countless editions of the legendary Harry Potter series from J.K. Rowling released over the years - far too many for my liking. Although I'm an avid fan of the boy who lived and his tale, and despite the gorgeous covers, I had wished that the cash grabs would stop. What difference would all those new covers make? Quite a bit, but only if the original was seemingly out of date, which for the current market they truly were not. However, in the case of the brand new illustrated edition of Philosopher's Stone, I was hesitant upon the announcement of it's release. Would it just be another cash grab like the previous repackaged beauties?

The Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a rerelease I can get behind. Despite being a large, heavy, and expensive title, I felt it was an absolute asset to my collection. Jim Kay's artwork, which is featured on every vibrantly colourful page of this edition, is simply gorgeous! It was wonderful seeing the characters I'd grown to love (or hate) in a refreshing new perspective while re-reading a pivotal novel of my childhood. Furthermore, the set up of images and text make the title easy to manage for story telling with young ones, and this is a title I will most definitely be sharing with my younger nieces and nephews in the near future.

Fans of Harry Potter or curious book readers who have yet to dive into this legendary middle grade series, will absolutely adore this illustrated hardback of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The glorious illustrations by Jim Kay were an excellent companion to the original tale from J.K. Rowling. Seeing the characters come to life as Jim Kay envisioned was quite breathtaking. This large and heavy hardback is a perfect addition to everyone's book collection.

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. I loved this edition!
    I agree that there are far too many designs for this series, more than we'll ever need or want for, but this one was great! I too hope they do the rest of the series.

  2. My personal copy is a treasure. I love what they did with the artwork and the cloth bookmark is a great addition. I think it's beautiful.

  3. Great review, Wendy :)
    It's wonderful how the artist re imagined the characters from his own imagination, rather than what we've grown up with through the films. It was unique!

  4. Excellent review!

  5. I like this edition the best (: